Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finishing Well

I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again. (2 Timothy 4:7-8, GW)

As yet another year draws to a close, I find myself glad to put this year behind me.  So many times it is far easier to look forward to improvement in the days ahead than it is to reflect on what we've just come through.  For my own family, too many years have been riddled by trauma.  We've had multiple years where there was an employment crisis.  There have been years where we endured hospitalizations and numerous medical crises.  Wrestling with schools, therapies or new diagnoses have often found us exhausted as a year draws to a close.  And this year we slog through the grief of losing yet another grandparent while we situate their spouse in nursing home care.

Even if the difficulties of the past year cause us to want to put it behind us, there are rewards for just having shown up.  God blesses faithful perseverance.  Too often we feel like we need to get things right or have perfect outcomes in order for this to have been a good year.  But the Lord merely calls us to hang in there and trust Him with the rest.  Jesus has already covered over our imperfections.  And God is the ultimate recycler, using all situations for our good and His glory! 

In these last few days of the year, take some time to reflect on all that you have been brought through.  How amazing that God has seen you through these things, the good, the bad, and the ugly!  What a loving Father that He would care about our lives!  While we may be glad to put the year behind us, we can also know that we finished well in faith because we survived the storms and are still here to tell about it.  Just doing the next right thing, no matter what the circumstance, is what is pleasing to God.

Pray:  Lord, thank You for all you have seen me through this year!  I couldn't have made it without You.

1 comment:

  1. What an incredible encouragement, Barb! Thanks!